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Navigating Your Course

Courses vary in design depending on the instructor and the institution, but some common elements exist.

Your Course Environment

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  1. Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, access to the global navigation menu containing My Blackboard and settings, and the link for Logout. The page header elements remain the same regardless of where you are in Blackboard Learn.
  2. Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. If your institution licenses content management, you will see a Content Collection tab. If your institution licenses community engagement, the Community and Services tabs are available. To learn more, see My Institution Tab and Courses Tab.
  3. Course-to-course navigation: Use the course-to-course navigation feature to access all courses you are enrolled in. Access the contextual menu next to the house icon and select another course from the contextual menu. Next to the house icon, use the orientation bar to access previous pages you recently visited.
  4. Course menu: The access point for all course content added by your instructor.
  5. Content frame: The larger area of the screen adjacent to the course menu that displays the selected content area, tool, module page, or material.
  6. Action bar: The rows at the top of the content frame, containing page-level actions, such as Create Thread in the discussion board.

Course Menu

The course menu is the panel on the left side of the interface that contains links to all top-level course areas. Instructors can also provide links to individual tools, websites, course items, and module pages. Instructors control the content and tools available in the course menu.

Instructors can customize the style of the course menu by changing the color, adding subheaders and dividers, and choosing buttons or text for the links. These customizations create variations in the look and organization of your courses.

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  1. For the course menu design, instructors can use text only or labeled buttons for the links.
  2. Open the course menu in a separate window. The detached menu always displays course materials as a directory tree. You can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation and move the window wherever you want.
  3. Refresh your view.
  4. Expand or collapse the course menu frame by moving your mouse pointer near the border and clicking the arrow. When you collapse the course menu, you have more room on the screen to view content.

Course-to-Course Navigation

While inside one of your courses, you can conveniently access all the courses you are enrolled in. Click the down arrow next to the house icon to access the contextual menu. Select another course. If the same page you are currently on exists in the next course, that is where you will land.

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For example, if you are viewing the announcements page in one course and select another course from the contextual menu, you are taken to that course's announcements page.

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Printing Course Content

Blackboard Learn is web-based, so printing is handled through your web browser in most cases. If the content is an attached file, such as a Microsoft® Word document, that program handles the printing.

Most browsers have a "Help" option explaining more about printing.

If you need assistance printing course content, contact your institution's computing help desk.

Paging Options

You can edit the paging options to specify how many items appear on a page in Blackboard Learn. For example, you can determine how many forums appear on the main discussion board page.

Show All displays all items and causes the Next Page and Previous Page controls to disappear. For best performance, do not use Show All with a very large number of items.

Use the following steps to edit the paging options.

  1. Click Edit Paging.
  2. Type a number in the Items per page box.
  3. Click Go.